Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

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Shirley Nathan-Pulliam
Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (2007).jpg

Assumed office
January 14, 2015

Member of the House of Delegates, 10th Legislative District 1994-2014
Member of the Maryland State Senate from District 44
Assumed office
January 14, 2015
Constituency District 44, Baltimore County
Personal details
Born (1939-05-20) May 20, 1939 (age 78)
Trelawny, Jamaica
Political party Democratic
Occupation Registered Nurse

Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (born May 20, 1939) is an American politician from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party.


Nathan-Pulliam was born in Trelawny, Jamaica on May 20, 1939. She studied nursing at a number of schools before receiving her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1980 and a master's degree in administrative science from the Johns Hopkins University in 1984. In addition to owning her own business, she has been a faculty associate in nursing for Johns Hopkins. Before being elected in 1994, Nathan-Pulliam was active with Democratic Party organizations at the state and national level, as well as with Planned Parenthood of Maryland and various professional nursing organizations. Nathan-Pulliam has received a number of awards for her advocacy on health care.

In the Legislature[edit]

Senator Nathan-Pulliam is currently serving in her first term in the Maryland State Senate, representing Maryland's 44th Legislative District in Baltimore County. Nathan-Pulliam is a member of the Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. She previously served 20 years in the Maryland House of Delegates, serving as a Deputy Majority Whip and as a member of the Health and Government Operations Committee. She remains an active member of both the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and of Women Legislators of Maryland.

Legislative notes[edit]

  • voted for income tax reduction in 1998 (SB750)[1]
  • voted in favor of increasing the sales tax whilst simultaneously reducing income tax rates for some income brackets - Tax Reform Act of 2007(HB2)[2]
  • voted in favor of in-state tuition for individuals who are not permanent residents, under certain conditions - Higher Education -Tuition Charges -Maryland High School Students, 2007 (HB6)[3]

2006 General election results District 10[edit]

Voters to choose three:[1]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Emmett C. Burns, Jr. 29,140   34.2%    Won
Shirley Nathan-Pulliam 28,544   33.5%    Won
Adrienne A. Jones 27,064   31.8%    Won
Other Write-Ins 370   0.4%    


  1. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Sept, 08 2007